Having a garage that is attached to your home and improperly insulated leads to heat or cool air being lost. The best way to prevent this is to have a properly insulated garage. This means choosing an energy efficient garage door.
Soundproofing Benefits of Having an Energy Efficient Garage Door
Areas that experience extreme temperature changes need to have a garage door that is insulated well. This will keep your car warm in the winter and cool in the summer and reduces the energy you need to keep the garage at a comfortable temperature. Garage doors that are insulated have great soundproofing benefits too! Two important elements to an energy efficient door are the potential for leaking air and the ‘R-value’. You need to look at how easy it is for the air inside door and the R-value measures the insulating qualities of the door. These are achieved with different insulation methods so the R-value of a garage door is a combination of the type of insulation used inside the door and the material the door is made of.
Garage Doors with Added Insulation
An R-value is the capacity of an insulating material to resist heat flow. The higher the R-value, the greater the insulating power. You can also choose doors with added insulation with the use of polystyrene or polyurethane foam. Higher R-values come with thicker foam. For example, 1 3/8” polystyrene foam has an R-value of 6.5 compared to an R-value of 6.3 with a thickness of 1 5/16”. Polyurethane will allow for improved insulation without a lot of added thickness. It is usually sprayed on the inside of the door. This allows for more coverage because it gets into all the nooks and crannies. For example, 2” polyurethane has an R-value of 18.4 to 20.4 versus and R-value of 12.9 with a thickness of 1 and 3/8”. Doors that are insulated are also stronger and will help hide imperfections from accidental damage.
Insulation Properties of Different Types of Garage Doors
The four common materials used to make garage doors are steel, aluminum, wood and composite wood. Steel doors are the most common. They’re a durable choice but don’t provide much insulation. Choosing a thicker, low gauge steel will provide better insulation than high gauge steel. Doors with multiple layers will give you the best energy efficiency, more durability and dent resistance. Aluminum doors are more modern in appearance but are lightweight and will not give you much insulation. Garage doors made from wood are more of a high-end option. When these are chosen, it’s more for appearance than durability or insulation. Composite wood doors are gaining in popularity. They are a great alternative to real wood and are low maintenance and durable. They are typically paired with an interior of steel and faux wood composite overlay which leads to better insulation than steel with the appearance of wood.
Residential Garage Door Installation in Las Vegas, Summerlin, North LV & Henderson Nevada
Having a fabulously insulated garage door will mean nothing if large gaps are present. Energy loss can be taken care of when you opt for top-quality, well-fitting, seals and weather-stripping. Having your new garage door installed by professionals will provide you with a proper fitting door and will reduce the chances of energy loss. Call Quality Garage Door Repair today to start saving money!